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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Adjective Phrase 37. The adjective phrase today is

  • tit-for-tat. Okay. Let's continue. If someone does something tit-for-tat

  • it is usually done in revenge or in retaliation for something done to upset

  • or harm someone or harm a particular person. So they did something to you, you do

  • something back to them. It's a little bit like the idea of like an eye for an eye

  • a tooth for tooth. All right. Let's continue. The origin of tit for tat is believed to

  • derive from like an older phrase " tip for tap. " Okay. Which used to mean

  • blow-for-blow. So I hit you. You hit me. Even though blow, today blow sounds more

  • like a hard hit. But you know , tit for tat it would actually or tip and tap

  • would actually be a light hit today. Okay. for that just became a variant of the

  • word. Okay. So it's a little strange. Because the original phrase was tip

  • for tap and that kind of went out. And the variant remained. So we still say tit

  • for tat. But no longer tip for you know, tip for tap anymore. Okay. Let's continue.

  • Okay. The word tip still has the meaning of a slight hit or a light hit. Yeah. So

  • just like , like in baseball you could get a foul tip. Where the batter swings and

  • he just barely the, the ball just barely touches the bat. So that could be

  • referred to as a foul tip or if you're passing somebody and you just barely

  • touch them just slightly, you could say you, you, you know , you just tipped them or

  • something just tipped it. Okay. Let's continue. Tap is also a light hit as

  • in you tap someone on the shoulder. Like try to get their attention. Hey, hey buddy you know,

  • again. Hey excuse me. Try to get somebody's attention. You tap them. Okay.

  • Tit for tat could be found in John Heywood's book of Proverbs. Of course you

  • know he was another one that compiled or collected a lot of Proverbs too.

  • All right. We just have two examples here. Example number one. In the trade war

  • between those two countries there were tit-for-tat cases of implementing duties

  • on each other's good. So if one country puts some duties on their, their country

  • they turn around and did it back and back and forth several times. So they

  • were doing it tit for tat. You do it to me I do it back to you. Okay and we

  • sometimes hear this too. Sometimes if like two countries are angry at each

  • other and they, they force their diplomats to leave. So if you force my

  • diplomats to leave. You tit for tat they'll turn around and do the same

  • thing back to them.They'll force that country's diplomats to leave too So we

  • might hear it in that sort of situation as well. And the second one that we have

  • here. Those warring drug gangs have had tit-for-tat attacks on each other's

  • members in a war over territory. Yeah. We often use to hear about this in the past

  • that you know these drug gangs, they think they have this certain territory

  • but two of them might be fighting about a small piece that they think should

  • belong to them. So they will fight back to each other,

  • tick and tit for tat. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it . I hope it was clear. Thank you for

  • your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Adjective Phrase 37. The adjective phrase today is

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